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President George HW Bush
1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77845
Voice: 979-691-4050

Our forty-first president was born on June 12, 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. He attended Philips Academy in Andover. On his eighteenth birthday, he enlisted in the Navy. He became a Navy pilot and flew 58 missions in World War II. After returning home, he continued his education and started a family with Barbara Pierce.

After graduating from Yale, he followed a career in the oil industry of Western Texas. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was a Senator; Bush developed an interest in politics. He served as Representative to Congress for two terms, and was a Senator for two terms. After that he became Ambassador to the United States, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in the Peopleís Republic of China, and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

In 1980, Bush campaigned for the Republican Party for the presidential nomination. After losing, he was chosen to be Ronald Reaganís running mate. He served as Vice President for two terms. In 1988, he won the Republican presidential nomination and was elected in the general election.

Bush entered into a dramatic era of politics. The Cold War had ended, and the Communist empire broke apart. The Berlin Wall fell, and the Soviet Union no longer existed. Bush sent American troops into Panama to overthrow General Manuel Noriega, who was threatening the security of the Panama Canal. Then the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, and was threatening to take over Saudi Arabia. Congress sent 425,000 troops into the Middle East, and they fought through the battle dubbed Desert Storm.

In 1992, Bush lost the re-election to William Clinton. He and his wife retired to Houston, Texas and continue to make many public appearances.



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